Date: Tuesday 14th February 2017

Time: 2:00pm

Venue: ISSER Conference Hall

Presenter: Prof William F. Steel


This seminar discusses some of the pitfalls of easy access to documents over the Internet in preparing a literature relevant to one’s dissertation topic.  A literature review is a summary in your own words of definitions, concepts, theories, methodology and data from selected literature that is directly relevant to your topic and hypotheses. Copy-and-paste is not an acceptable approach to a literature review, and constitutes plagiarism if copied text is not properly put in quotation marks and cited. Suggestions are given on how to annotate and review literature and avoid plagiarism. The seminar will begin by recalling some of the problems often encountered in choosing a dissertation topic for a Master’s degree, as discussed in a previous seminar. A detailed conceptual framework can help to identify specific variables in the chain of cause-and-effect that may be more susceptible to data collection and analysis. The literature review should be designed to set up such a conceptual framework and suggest that rationale behind hypothesis about the relationships between different variables on which data can be collected.

About the Presenter

Prof William Steel is currently Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research, University of Ghana, teaching microfinance and consulting for the World Bank and the International Fund for Agricultural Development. He has worked on micro and small enterprise development, micro and rural finance, the informal economy, industrialization, solar energy, and other topics in Ghana, Uganda and other African countries. He retired in 2005 as Senior Adviser in the Africa Region Private Sector, World Bank, where he worked since 1983 and also Co-Chaired the Donor Committee for Small Enterprise Development (1991-2004). He previously taught economics at Vanderbilt University and the University of Ghana, and served as an Advisor in the African Development Bank and the Indonesia National Planning Agency. He is a founder and Board member of the Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) network. He has published widely on small enterprise development, informal finance, microfinance regulation, informal employment, and industrial adjustment.